Joey Logano Wins at Talladega to Advance in The Chase
by Pete McCole Joey Logano rallied from an early pit road gaffe to power his way to the front of the field and beat out Brian Scott on a final green-white-checkered over time finish to punch his ticket to the next round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, while two of the strongest favorites fell victim to engine failures in the final race of the Round of 12. Brian Scott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.
Hellman's 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Just 13 points to the good entering Sunday's Round of 12 cutoff race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Martin Truex Jr. gave himself as much of a cushion as possible, winning the pole for the Hellman's 500 at Talladega Superspeedway during Saturday's knockout qualifying session. Seventh in the Chase standings, and 13 points ahead of Joey Logano and Austin Dillon, Truex covered the 2.66-mile distance in 49.508 seconds (193.423 mph) to claim the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's race that will trim the Chase field from 12 drivers to eight.
Grant Enfinger Wins First-Career Truck Series Race
Fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway In the race that decided the lineup for the Round of 6 in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, Alabama native Grant Enfinger stole the thunder from the playoff drivers in Saturday's Fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. With a strong push from GMS Racing teammate and Chase driver Ben Kennedy after a restart on Lap 93 of 94, Enfinger surged to the front and stayed there in the face of a last-lap challenger from another teammate, Spencer Gallagher, who came home second, .108 seconds behind the winner.
Kevin Harvick Wins At Kansas To Advance in The Chase
by Pete McCole Whenever Kevin Harvick needs to, he always seems to be able to pull a rabbit out of his hat. Or in this case, a much needed victory to pull himself out of the hole and into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Harvick powered past Carl Edwards on a restart with 30 laps to go and led the rest of the way to win Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway for his fourth win of the season and score an automatic bid into the Round of 8. Edwards rallied in the finals laps to claim second away from Kyle Busch. Jimmie Johnson finished third, followed by Joey Logano while Busch came home fifth.
Kansas Lottery 300 Kyle Busch's domination of Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway was about the only predictable thing that happened in the first race of the Round of 8 in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. In winning his fourth XFINITY race at the 1.5-mile track, his ninth of the season and the 85th of his career-extending his own series record-Busch led 150 of 200 laps, passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez after a restart with 13 circuits remaining.
JGR Toyotas 1-2-3 To learn how to master the track that continued to jinx him, Kyle Busch paid close attention to the way Matt Kenseth drove Kansas Speedway. Though Kenseth was helpful, he apparently kept a thousandth of a second in his pocket. That was the margin by which Kenseth edged Busch in Friday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series knockout qualifying session at the 1.5-mile track. Touring Kansas in 28.112 seconds (192.089 mph) to Busch's 28.113 seconds (192.082 mph), Kenseth earned the top starting spot for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400
Tony Stewart's Love-Hate Relationship with Talladega
Set for Dramatic End Oct. 23 When Tony Stewart makes his way to Talladega Superspeedway for the Alabama 500, Oct. 23, it will mark the end of an era. It will be the final race around the 33-degree high banks for the driver retiring at season's end who has definitely had a "love-hate" relationship with the mammoth venue. From the first time he competed at NASCAR's Most Competitive track, Stewart served notice that he would be a threat to win each time he climbed behind the wheel.
Joey Logano Steals Victory In Charlotte Xfinity Race
by Pete McCole Joey Logano might not have finished all 800 miles of Saturday's doubleheader at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but he led the ones that counted to steal a victory in the evening Drive for the Cure NASCAR Xfinity Series event - the final event in the opening round of the Xfinity Series Chase. Logano got around Kyle Larson and Justin Allgaier in a three-wide battle for the lead with 11 laps to go and beat out Elliott Sadler to score his second Xfinity Series win of the season and 27th of his career. Daniel Suarez finished third, followed by Larson and Erik Jones.
Jimmie Johnson Wins At Charlotte To Clinch Chase Spot
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson powered to victory in Sundayâ€™s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to win the opening race of Round 2 of the Chase the NASCAR Sprint Cup and punch his ticket the third round for the first time in his career. Johnson passed Matt Kenseth following a restart with 18 laps to go and pulled away from the field to win for the third time this season in an all-important race that had serious repercussions for at least half of the 12 Chase contenders.
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